Police in central Pennsylvania offered a $20,000 reward this for week for information about a stolen 1860 Henry Repeating Arms rifle.The rifle and two revolvers went missing from the National Civil War Museum in February 2016 after a thief smashed a glass display case with a sledgehammer. The Henry rifle, on loan from a private collector, originally belonged to Abraham Lincoln’s first Secretary of War, Simon Cameron, and bears an engraving with his name.
Harrisburg City Police estimate its value between $400,000 and $500,000, according to PennLive.
Investigators believe the suspect recognized a vulnerability in the layout of the museum, prompting the heist. Harrisburg Mayor Eric Papenfuse — an outspoken critic of the museum’s “financial drain” on the city’s resources — criticized officials for failing to consider the added security risks posed by rarity of the firearms.
The display, sponsored by a $25,000 grant from the National Rifle Association, sat on the first floor of the museum near a window. Typically, Papenfuse said, the guns remained locked away on the second floor, behind additional doors and other layers of security. He also complained about the museum’s outdated surveillance cameras — many of which lacked any recording capabilities.
“It is my opinion that they should’ve used some of the proceeds from the NRA grant to at least make sure the exhibit was secure,” he said. “The museum knew its cameras weren’t recording and proceeded with the exhibit anyway.”
Gene Barr, vice president of the museum board, told PennLive the mayor’s concerns were valid. “All of this is a balancing act. We wanted to have the exhibit in a room that would bring people in,” he said. “The balance is always how much do we give up to make these items accessible?”
We got in two of our best-selling Turkish imports from Landor Arms – the AR-style LND-117 shotgun and the bullpup BPX 902 – to give them a whirl on the range and see if the reliability could be paired with the affordable price.
Marlin once claimed their Model 39 as the eldest continually produced, shoulder-fired rifle of all time. Though that record ended when the Marlin brand was parted-off to Ruger, the rimfire world is anticipating a return of this classic.